BioFresh will build a freshwater biodiversity information platform to bring together, and make publicly available, the vast amount of information on freshwater biodiversity currently scattered among a wide range of databases.
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A major challenge is to complement the existing databases on freshwater biodiversity and distribution patterns, along with strict quality controls, to consent the continuous integration of new data. Within BioFresh, these data will be linked with geographical and socio-economic information. By developing just such a universally accessible information platform, BioFresh will foster our understanding of present freshwater biodiversity and changes expected for the future.
BioFresh will use existing data to build predictive models of biodiversity change in order to support a broad diversity of critical needs in freshwater biodiversity management and conservation. Combining the construction of the portal with scientific research ensures an optimised product for use. Ultimately, the interoperable datasets, together with geospatial visualisation tools and predictive models, will be made freely accessible through the web portal, forming the kernel of an unprecedented global information tool to all decision makers, stakeholders and users in freshwater biodiversity.
The project is divided in 8 work packages, for details follow the links:
Workpackage 01: Building the Web-Based Freshwater Biodiversity Information Platform
Workpackage 02 : Quality Control, Database Preparation
Workpackage 03: Evaluation, Gap Analyses
Workpackage 04: Contemporary and Past Patterns in Freshwater Biodiversity
Workpackage 05: Climate Change Impact on Freshwater Biodiversity
Workpackage 06: Response of Biodiversity to Multiple Stressors
Workpackage 07: Informing Policy for Conservation Planning
Workpackage 08: Capacity Building, Awareness Raising, Dissemination and Science-Policy Dialogue